Film al Fresco is Back for its Second Year; Bringing Indie Film + Food to the Parkway

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(Philadelphia) -- Indie film and food will converge again on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this summer with the return of Film al Fresco, an outdoor film series presented by The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design.

The 2014 summer series will dish up independent films by filmmakers from the Greater Philadelphia and Delaware Valley regions and tasty street snacks from local food trucks on select Friday evenings in June and July. The films will be shown on a large outdoor screen in Aviator Park and all screenings are free and open to the public.

Film al Fresco is a juried competition and outdoor summer film series that showcases the work of independent filmmakers from the Greater Philadelphia and Delaware Valley regions. The series expands The Galleries at Moore’s commitment to presenting the work of emerging Philadelphia-area artists and its role as a venue for exhibitions and programs that focus on innovative ideas in contemporary art and visual culture.  The Galleries at Moore received a $20,000 Knight Arts Challenge Grant in 2012 to establish the film series. The Galleries were among 1,267 applicants who answered the question: “What’s your best idea for the arts in Philadelphia?” A diverse group, including individual artists, artist collectives, community groups, jazz and classical music organizations, theater companies and educational institutions, offered a wide array of innovative ideas but only 55 – including the Galleries – were selected as finalists.

Filmmakers who reside in the Greater Philadelphia and Delaware Valley regions were eligible to submit films/videos for consideration. Categories included: Narrative Feature (41 min. or longer), Documentary Feature (41 min. or longer), Narrative Short (40 min. or less), Documentary Short (40 min. or less) and Animated Short (40 min. or less).

The 2014 selection committee included Kaytie Johnson, Rochelle F. Levy Director & Chief Curator, The Galleries at Moore; Walter Forsberg, a New York-based film archivist and curator; and Jennifer Levonian, an artist and animator from Philadelphia.

This year's screenings are scheduled for June 13 & 27 and July 11 & 25. Screenings begin at dusk, approximately 8 pm. Food trucks will arrive at 7 pm.

Also on view June 12 – August 23, 2014 in The Galleries'  Window on Race Street project space: A selection of new works on video by Philadelphia-area artists and filmmakers, including Tyler Kline, Christopher McManus, Kristen Mills, Theresa Sterner and Misha Wylie.

The Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia is a three-year, $9 million initiative to draw the best and most innovative ideas out of local organizations and individuals seeking to transform the community through the arts.  

For more information on Film al Fresco and the schedule of screenings, visit here


The Galleries at Moore present a diverse range of exhibitions and educational programs that offer insights into the work of established and emerging regional, national, and international artists and designers. In addition, The Galleries serve as a forum for exploring contemporary issues and ideas that enrich the artistic and intellectual climate of the College, the Greater Philadelphia community, and beyond.

Moore College of Art & Design educates students for careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's student-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers ten bachelor of fine arts degrees for women. Coeducational graduate programs were launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, continuing education programs for professional adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Young Artists Workshop for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. Knight believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. Now in its second year, the Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia is a three-year, $9 million community-wide contest seeking the most innovative ideas in the arts to engage and enrich Philadelphia’s communities. For more, visit and


Published on June 3rd, 2014